Eagle Scout's project helps homeless, needy families

Published: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 11:57 p.m.

Nelson Machupa recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Machupa, who is a member of Scout Troop 432 at Grace United Methodist Church, has earned more than 24 merit badges in the Boy Scouting program.

For his Eagle Scout project, Machupa worked in conjunction with St. Francis House, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in downtown Gainesville.

He organized volunteers, gathered materials and painted a transition house that helps homeless and needy families become independent.

Machupa, who graduated from Buchholz High School and is now attending Santa Fe College, is the son of Nick and Cindy Machupa of Gainesville.

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Interlachen High School students shined at the International Thespian Society District Conference.

The drama troupe at Interlacken High School received top awards including four superiors, four excellent, and seven good at the International Thespian Society District Conference held recently at Ponte Vedra High School in Jacksonville.

Twenty-two students competed in various categories including acting and monologue, as well as in Broadway selections solo and duet competitions.

The students who earned superior awards were Samantha Jackson, playwriting; Courtney Fryer, solo musical; Katie Meaders, solo musical; and Kelsey McDowall and Chassidy Jackson, superior in duet acting.

At a District One-Act Conference held in November, students in the drama troupe received excellent marks for their performance in the one-act production “Painted Rain” by Janet Allard, directed by Sarah Barnum, drama teacher and drama troupe sponsor at Interlachen High School.

The following students earned outstanding performance certificates for individual performances, and an “All-Star Cast” award for their ensemble work in “Painted Rain”: Richard Medler, Demarquis Rembert and Madi Sipprell.

Interlachen High School students, who qualified to compete in a state conference to be held in March in Tampa, need the community's support to raise funds to get there.

For more information, call Sarah Barnum at 386-684-2116, ext. 282.

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